Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory

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A series of essays that aim to elucidate how the unconscious awareness of self and gender we develop from earliest infancy continues to shape both our experiences as men and women and the patterns of inequality and difference that permeate our society and culture.

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If to Sigmund Freud, women were innately vain, jealous creatures, defective and forever limited, how can psychoanalysis, with such blatantly sexist assumptions, be of value to feminism? Because, writes Chodorow, Freud elsewhere claimed there is no predetermined, God-given "femininity" or "masculinity." Furthermore, Freud saw the child's powerlessness as central to character development and neurosis. In 10 dense essays teeming with ideas, Chodorow, feminist and Berkeley sociology professor, explores issues such as the influence of maternal care on the emerging self, social oppression of women on the basis of presumed gender differences, Oedipal conflict, heterosexual identification and women analysts. She argues that women's selves are constructed more around relatedness to others, while men develop an identity through denial of self-other connections. Taking on two psychoanalytic heavyweights, Herbert Marcuse and Norman O. Brown, Chodorow finds that their individualist theories work against human solidarity.
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Book Description Yale Univ Press, New Haven, CT, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, 2nd Printing. BRAND NEW COPY. Author Nancy Julia Chodorow (1944 -) is an admired, leading feminist sociologist and psychoanalyst known for The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender (1978). In this volume. combing previously published essays with new, Chodorow chronicles the development of her views on the psychodynamics, sociology, and culture of gender, and further elucidates how the unconscious awareness of self and gender developed in earliest infancy continues to shape both our own experience as men and women as well as behavioral patterns of inequality and difference in our society. 286 pgs. 10 chapters in 3 parts: Part I, The Significance of Women's Mothering for Gender Personality & Gender Relations; II, Gender, Self & Social Theory; and III, Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysts & Feminism. Bookseller Inventory # 016951

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